Motorola Names Former U.S. DEA Administrator, Karen P. Tandy to Lead Company’s Global Government Relations & Public Policy Organization
SCHAUMBURG, Illinois .– Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) announced today that Karen P. Tandy, former head of United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), has been named senior vice president of Motorola’s Global Government Relations & Public Policy Division. Ms. Tandy will serve as Motorola’s top public policy spokesperson on issues related to global telecom policy, trade, regulation, spectrum allocation, and country relations and will report directly to Gene Delaney, president of Government & Public Safety for Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility business. Ms. Tandy succeeds Michael Kennedy, Motorola’s current senior vice president, Global Government Relations, who plans to retire at year end.
In this position, Ms. Tandy will be directly responsible for development and execution of Motorola’s global policy initiatives. She will foster the growth of advocacy programs for Motorola positions with national, state and local governments on public policy issues that support the growth of the Company’s business. Ms. Tandy’s responsibilities will include creating business enabling strategies in priority countries, ensuring that country-specific governance requirements are met and operations are in compliance with local laws; overseeing lobbying efforts in support of Motorola’s government customers; and influencing regulators worldwide on a range of issues.
“Karen’s substantial international relations and government affairs experience as well as her policy understanding make her an ideal and logical fit to lead our government and policy team,” said Gene Delaney, president of Government & Public Safety for Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility business. “We are confident that she will play an integral role in Motorola’s continued success both in North America and around the world.”
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mike Kennedy for all his contributions to Motorola over the past 22 years and wish him all the best in his retirement,” added Delaney.
Ms. Tandy most recently served as Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), a $2.4 billion agency with approximately 11,000 employees across the U.S. and in 86 foreign offices. During Ms. Tandy’s tenure, she met with many foreign heads of state, and expanded DEA’s foreign presence, entering the first intelligence sharing agreements with China and Russia. Prior to becoming DEA Administrator, Ms. Tandy was Associate Deputy Attorney General, responsible for developing national drug enforcement policy and strategies, and Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces. Between 1990 and 1999, Ms. Tandy served in a variety of positions in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, supervising the Department’s drug and forfeiture litigation. From 1979 to 1990, Ms. Tandy was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and in the Western District of Washington, lectured extensively on forfeiture law and practice, and conducted international training. Prior to joining the Justice Department, she clerked for the Chief Judge of the Northern District of Texas.
Ms. Tandy, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, graduated from Texas Tech University undergraduate school and Law School.
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